member resources: current projects
|2017 legislative interviews
|At the start of every new legislative cycle (2-year terms), the Advocacy Committee and the State Board seek to benefit from input from local League interviews of their State Representative(s) and State Senator(s). Legislative interviews help to establish a relationship with a legislator. That personal contact can be crucial to our future advocacy efforts. The interviews help us determine what issues are important to each legislator, and they help us anticipate what issues might be addressed in the next legislative session. They give legislators who may not be familiar with the League outside of our voter service and candidate forums a sense of what issues our organization follows. They are generally enjoyable discussions. These interviews are for internal purposes only. They are not to be published in your local Voter, although you can note that the interview(s) took place and thank the volunteers (and legislator) for the interview.
The recommended questions and other questions you may wish to ask are attached here.
The response form for you to submit to LWVMI after your interview is attached here (respnses are due by June 1)
|vote 411 publicity resources
Use any of these resources to publicize Vote 411:
A poster publicizing Vote411. This pdf file has LWV Michigan information on it and can be used by any local League. But if you would like this personalized for your local League, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Sample Letter to the Editor or Press Release (2016 elections) for your local media. For additional social media messages, click here for ideas from LWVUS
Public Service Announcement for your local radio and TV stations.
Bookmarks -- Inexpensive to produce and easy to distribute. In Word document form, so they may be adapted to your local League - be sure to change the local League name and website to your's. (Courtesy of LWV Dearborn/Dearborn Heights)
Vote411 Widget Information. To help expand access to this information, the LWVUS built several VOTE411.org Widgets, with a variety of functions, for use by state and local Leagues on their websites. These widgets (and QR code) are free for anyone to use. If your League is not currently using Widgets, learn more on the LWVUS web site. For information on downloading and using Widgets, click here.
| MICHIGAN IS OURS!
|Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., once said, “Taxes are the price we pay for a civilized society.”
In 2005, the League of Women Voters established a task force (Michigan Is Ours) to study the issue of adequate funding of state government. That action was taken in response to the concerns of several league members that state government revenues were inadequate to address the needs of its citizens.
For a number of years, elected officials in Michigan have been reducing taxes – apparently in response to the perception that many of us resent paying them. Consider, that from 2000 to 2010, Michigan tax revenues have fallen in three major categories: personal income taxes from $7.135 billion to $5.27 billion; sales and use tax from $7.63 billion to $7.03 billion; and business taxes from $2.88 billion to $2.47 billion.
The consequences have been significant. From 2001 to 2008, Michigan 's state-employee workforce was reduced by more that 11,000 or 18.1% of 2001 employment. Since September 11, 2001, funding for police and fire protection has been reduced by $3 billion – taking 1,800 police officers and 2,400 firefighters off the street. The state's overall investment in state appropriations for universities has reversed – from $2 in state funding for every $1 in tuition a generation ago to $2 in tuition for every $1 in state appropriations. Click here for more examples.
In the fall of 2010, LWVMI created a packet of materials to aid residents in advocating for a change in these policies. The packet included background information and postcards to send to legislators, encouraging them to look at tax changes to increase revenue and save essential government services. Hundreds of sets of the postcards were distributed to League members and other Michigan citizens, who subsequently flooded Michigan's legislators with the blue and yellow postcards.
LWVMI continues to endorse the Michigan Is Our's project that was first established in 1960.